Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby danieLion » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:06 am

tiltbillings wrote:What is shown here is very similar to what Ajahn Sumedho showed me when I briefly stayed at Wat Ba Pong in the mid 70's:

A chewstick, called a suwak, was probably the earliest toothbrush.

The chewstick for cleaning teeth was apparently borrowed from the Chinese and Babylonians. It is first mentioned as a common method of cleaning the teeth by the Romans. It consists of a stick a little smaller in diameter.than a pencil and about 6 inches long. It is made from any one of a number of fibrous woods. One end is chewed to separate the fibers and then the teeth are scrubbed one at a time. This method is still used in many parts of Africa and many Islamic countries.

Image http://drjuggles.com/history-of-dentistry.php


And here it is for sale:

http://izismile.com/2011/06/13/a_unique ... _pics.html

miswaks are available on Amazon.


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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:08 am

I am wondering if there are any way to make that in the British Isles?
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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby piano piano » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:59 pm

It is available from Germany at this source
http://www.zahnbewusstsein.de/english/s ... uerste.htm

I am using the SOLO brush since some time with good result. In that practice you brush only the upper part of a tooth a few times to left and right. What also must be used though are interdental brushes, for most bacteria live there. I am planning to change to the Swak brushes when I am back in Europe later next year.

These are some of the ingredients in Miswak

Fluoride hardens the enamel
Silicate for gentle cleaning
Vitamin C preservative
Tannins astringent
Saponins cleansing agent
Flavonoids antibacterial
Potassium, Calcium remineralization

source see link above

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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby piotr » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:16 pm

Hi Cooran,

cooran wrote:I'm just dipping into Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of the Anguttara Nikaya - The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha - and am interested to see that there was no aspect of ordinary life that could not benefit from advice from the Blessed One.

Here is his advice on good mouth hygiene


Somewhere among Fives there is a sutta about benefits of walking and a sutta about benefits of eating porridge. There are probably more suttas on similar topics but that's what I can recall right now.
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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby mynameisadahn » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:02 pm

This is interesting. Just for everyone's information, I wanted to mention that this tooth brushing issue was also addressed a great deal in Islam. (I am not Muslim, this is just my understanding). As some may know, Muslims pray multiple times per day, and I believe the use of the "miswak" stick is suggested after each prayer. It was also encouraged during Rammadan, I believe.

Just a comparative religions point, I suppose.

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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby cooran » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:52 pm

piotr said: Somewhere among Fives there is a sutta about benefits of walking and a sutta about benefits of eating porridge. There are probably more suttas on similar topics but that's what I can recall right now.


Thanks Piotr! I'll keep an eye out for them.

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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby Pajjoto » Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:54 am

I'm quite surprise that nobody know about neem toothbrush... Neem tree is used in ayurvedic since thousands of years... Like a base medicine for most of diseases.
Indian people still use nowadays those toothbrush stick and I cannot imagine that the buddha was speaking about something else..
The story of thai monk spending hours to prepare one toothbrush for the elders from I don't know what tree is quite hilarious to me. :rofl:

Probably hundreds of website offer them but here is one
neemtreefarms.com/neem-chew-sticks-p-119.html

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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby alan » Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:33 pm

Now, if I could just find a Buddha quote advising everyone to stop using perfume. That includes you guys--no aftershave, no cologne. Reason? It stinks like hell, and messes with my mindfulness.

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Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

Postby bodom » Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:19 pm

alan wrote:Now, if I could just find a Buddha quote advising everyone to stop using perfume. That includes you guys--no aftershave, no cologne. Reason? It stinks like hell, and messes with my mindfulness.



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"'All arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up singing and dancing, the playing of musical instruments and the watching of entertainments, which are stumbling blocks to that which is wholesome. Nor do they bedeck themselves with ornaments, flowers or perfume.'


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